A Touch of Class (Fawlty Towers)
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|"A Touch of Class"|
|Fawlty Towers episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||John Howard Davies|
|Written by||John Cleese & Connie Booth|
|Original air date||19 September 1975|
While attending to chores, Sybil confronts Basil about an expensive advertisement he placed for the hotel. Basil insists he is trying to bring in a higher class of guests, and knows that they should be expecting an aristocratic couple, Sir Richard and Lady Morris later that day.
As the day progresses, a Cockney guest, Danny Brown, arrives and requests a room. Basil reluctantly gives him one but gives him little regard, just as Lord Melbury, a well-dressed aristocrat, arrives. Basil immediately fawns over Melbury. As part of his check-in, Melbury gives Basil a briefcase of valuables to store in the hotel safe. Basil sees to Melbury's every need, ignoring the other guests, and even begs for apologies when he accidentally drops Melbury to the floor while trying to seat him for lunch. Melbury obliges, and later asks Basil give him £200 in exchange for a cheque. Basil agrees, and has Polly run to the bank to deposit the cheque before Sybil finds out. In town, Polly runs into Brown, who reveals he is a detective inspector, tracking Melbury as a known confidence trickster. He hopes to make the arrest outside the hotel after catching Melbury in the act.
In the afternoon, Basil tends the bar but continues to ignore the other guests to woo Melbury. Basil brings up his coin collection, and Melbury offers to take it to be valuated by the Duke of Buckleigh that evening. Polly returns and informs Basil that Melbury is an impostor, but he refuses to believe her and suggests Brown is merely spinning tales of intrigue in order to impress her. She then tells Sybil who, despite Basil's fervent protests, takes Melbury's previously surrendered suitcase of "a few valuables" from the safe, and reveals the contents to be simply a pair of house bricks.
Angered, Basil confronts Melbury in lobby, forcing Brown to make his arrest right then, drawing the other guests to the lobby. As Basil is accosting Melbury, pulling out the stolen money from his pockets and kicking him, Sir Richard and Lady Morris arrive, see how Melbury is being treated, and leave, vowing never to return. Basil chases after them, but fails to change their mind. Basil returns to the lobby, where one of the other guests complains about having not been served at the bar. Basil snaps, frog-matches the guest back to the bar, and fanatically serves them.
- John Cleese as Basil Fawlty
- Prunella Scales as Sybil Fawlty
- Andrew Sachs as Manuel
- Connie Booth as Polly Sherman
- Michael Gwynn as Lord Melbury
- Ballard Berkeley as Major Gowen
- Gilly Flower as Miss Abitha Tibbs
- Renee Roberts as Miss Ursula Gatsby
- Terence Conoley as Mr. Wareing
- Robin Ellis as Danny Brown
- David Simeon as Mr. Mackenzie
- Lionel Wheeler as Mr. Watson
- Martin Wyldeck as Sir Richard Morris
- Pat Symons as Lady Morris (uncredited)
- Dennis Plenty and Ian Elliot as Policemen (uncredited)
- An uncredited actor plays a C.I.D. officer who says "Sorry Mr Fawlty" at the end and restrains Basil from hitting Lord Melbury